Solar Energy in Middle East

DUBAI – Middle East Electricity trade show; 05 – 07 MARCH 2019

QATAR – Qatar Solar is a 100% owned holding company formed by Qatar Foundation specifically to invest in solar technologies, new applications of solar and solar research opportunities in line with Qatar’s National Vision 2030.

UAE – Dubai pushes solar power cost to world’s lowest as largest single-site solar park set to rise

UAE – UAE approved world’s two largest solar projects in 2017
The emirates saw a 23-fold increase in clean energy investment last year

UAE approved world’s two largest solar projects in 2017

DUBAI – Solar Decathlon Middle East is a collegiate competition of 10 contests that challenge students to design and build solar-powered houses. 2018 event takes place 14-29 Nov in Dubai.

$188 Million Funding for Jordan’s Biggest Solar Project 17 Jan 2018
The Baynouna Solar Energy Company (BSEC) is a Masdar-led project to develop Jordan’s largest solar power plant on behalf of the state utility National Electric Power Company. The Finnish investment company, Taaleri Group, took a 30 percent stake in BSEC, it said last week.

Saudi Arabia is on an ambitious mission to transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. In 2018 alone the Kingdom will tender over 4 Gigawatts of renewable energy with a value of up to $7 billion.

The Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO) is an office within the Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources and serves to deliver renewable energy across the Kingdom in line with Vision 2030.

Saudi Arabian firm ACWA Power has been awarded the 300MW Sakaka solar project in Saudi Arabia by the country’s Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO). Representatives from ACWA Power will sign the power purchase agreement (PPA) for one of the lowest ever solar tariffs of Halala 8.7815/kWh (~US$2.342) with the principal off-taker, the Saudi Power Procurement Company (SPPC), on 7 February in Riyadh. The project is to reach financial close by 28 February 2018 and start commercial operation in 2019.

Sakaka solar project to be built with 30% locally manufactured components. What machines, training and materials do they need?

ACWA wins Saudi Arabia’s 300 MW solar tender

Failure of ‘World’s Biggest Solar Project’ in Saudi Arabia Is No Surprise
Renewables developers eyeing Saudi Arabia remain wary of the market following the news that the world’s biggest solar project has been canceled. The $200 billion, 200-gigawatt solar plant planned by SoftBank and the Saudi Public Investment Fund had raised skepticism among developers when it was announced in March, partly because of technical concerns over how it might be integrated into the grid.

Saudi Arabia to build solar-powered, adsorption desalination plant
Saudi Arabia is building a solar-powered desalination plant using adsoprtion technology, in one of seven strategic projects that include the nation’s first nuclear research reactor.

Dubai’s DEWA raises solar power purchase deal with Saudi Arabia’s ACWA
3 November 2018
Dubai’s water and power utility DEWA said on Saturday it had agreed to increase the amount of electricity it would purchase from a solar park being built by a consortium led by Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power.

IRAN – UK fund to build one of world’s biggest solar farms in Iran
20 Sep 17

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